Chatham Turkey Trot President Curt Ritter presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the Chatham Emergency Squad President Evan Skinner from the proceeds of the 11th annual event held on Thanksgiving morning. The 2019 event was its most successful race ever, attracting over 1,000 participants.

“For 11 years, the Chatham Turkey Trot has been a Thanksgiving tradition which brings our community together while simultaneously supporting the volunteer organizations in Chatham,” said Evan Skinner, President of the Chatham Emergency Squad. “We’re truly ‘thankful’ for this contribution which helps our organization continue to support the Chatham community.”

Chatham Turkey Trot is a non-profit organization that holds a 1-mile family fun run and a USA Track & Field certified 5K race through the scenic highlands of Chatham Township on Thanksgiving Day, with proceeds benefiting local first responder organizations - Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department and Chatham Emergency Squad - as well as the Diabetes Research Institute and the Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer organization funded nearly exclusively by donations. In 2019 the Chatham Emergency Squad responded to 1246 emergency calls in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough and provided mutual aid to neighboring communities of New Vernon, Madison and Summit on occasion. Chatham Emergency Squad never charges for its services. The Squad provides stand-by support for community events, such as the Chatham Turkey Trot, Fishawack, and school athletic events. The Squad also provided free CPR training to more than 400 residents, teachers, coaches, school crossing guards and emergency personnel, including fire and police. To learn more, to donate or to volunteer, please visit